To kick off the new year, we revisited one of the most popular volunteer activities in the past, which is to make dinner for families at the Ronald McDonald House in Madison. It’s a great way to make a difference around the issues of housing, health and hunger.
Madison’s Ronald McDonald House Charities provides services and a “home-away-from-home” for families while a child they love receives treatment at area hospitals. They come to Madison in search of a hope, a treatment, a cure, and sometimes a miracle. They foster a sense of community, so families who need our services can form friendships and share moments with other families also facing the unthinkable…a sick child. Everything they do is focused on keeping kids healthy and helping kids heal.
For this activity, we donated and prepared the evening meal for families staying at the Ronald McDonald House (which meant bringing in food in unopened containers & cooking a buffet meal for 20-25 people). From their website: “In many communities and cultures, it is traditional for friends and neighbors to prepare meals for loved ones who are caring for a sick family member. The families that stay at Ronald McDonald House are often far away from family, friends and other support systems that would normally help them through a difficult time. The gift of a home cooked meal after a long day at the hospital is a much appreciated act of compassion and kindness.”
We made a tasty meal of salads, mac & cheese, French bread, Italian green beans, veggie chili, ranch chicken and baked ziti (thanks to Jessica Scheidler for donating dessert!). The staff let us know they had a full house and dinner was much appreciated. It was a fun and easy outing that almost anyone can do to benefit so many families. Until next time…